New Church of Ireland Primate installed tomorrow
A former Holywood curate will be installed as the new Church of Ireland Primate in a special ceremony tomorrow in St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh.
The Most Reverend Dr Richard Clarke, who was Bishop of Meath and Kildare when he was elected Primate by the House of Bishops in October, was educated at Wesley College and Trinity College Dublin as well as King's College, London.
He began his ministry as a curate at St James's Church in Holywood, Co Down, from 1975-77. His appointments included Dean of Residence at Trinity College Dublin, Chaplain to University College Cork, and Dean of Cork.
His installation will be attended by a wide range of representatives from the main churches in Ireland and also from the political, local government and business community.
Dr Clarke is widely respected in the Church of Ireland and among other church leaders, and is seen as a cleric of intellect and sound judgment who is well-fitted to guide the Church through a period of great challenge.
The Church of Ireland, like the worldwide Anglican Communion, is facing deep division over same-sex marriage, and this will test the leadership skills of Dr Clarke.